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Kate, 40, is set to star as a one-off guest presenter on CBeebies ‘Bedtime Stories’ show later this week. The Duchess of Cambridge will soothe children across the country when she reads a story to mark Children’s Mental Health Week.
Children’s Mental Health Week will run from February 7 to February 13 and Kate’s episode is set to air on Sunday at 6.50pm.
Kate has chosen to read The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson for her appearance on the children’s television channel.
The book was reportedly chosen to align with the awareness event’s “Growing Together” theme.
The story follows a baby barn owl called Plop who is helped by others to grow in confidence and overcome his fears.
Kate personally chose the title to read during her appearance because she liked the messages it contained.
The Times reports that it is a title she likes reading with her own children, having enjoyed a longer version of the book when she was younger too.
A photograph of the reading shows Kate donning a cream Fair Isle sweater and jeans.
She sits cross-legged on a rug near a campfire, and there is a den made from logs in the background.
Several owls are aptly placed around tree trunks in front of a starry night-time backdrop.
Speaking about Kate’s appearance on the show, the BBC’s director of children’s and education Patrica Hidalgo said she couldn’t be “more proud” that the Duchess would be reading a story.
She added: “It’s such a special and relevant tale and perfectly represents this years’ Children’s Mental Health week theme.
“I can’t wait to see her deliver her own take on such a classic story and I’m sure our audience can’t either.”
Similarly, the news of Kate’s appearance was also met with delight from royal fans, as many shared their excitement to see Kate on their screens.
A fan page for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge called Cambridge Royal Brasil wrote: “So beautiful”, before following up with another tweet that says: “I loved this year’s theme of Children’s Mental Health Week, so important and necessary for us to understand that parents and society have a duty to accompany children”.
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While a royal fan called Samantha said: “I said she’d do this months ago, she is so predictable, bless her heart. The kids will have no trouble drifting off to sleep, that’s for sure.”
A fan page for William and Kate called Loveforcambridg deemed the appearance “wonderful news” before adding: “Our Duchess of Cambridge is the perfect person to read for kids… she loves them, her voice is very sweet and calm and she is their Princess.”
Billy also echoed this sentiment, calling Kate “the Children’s Princess”, adding that this was “fabulous news”.
Another added: “The kids will love this for #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek”, while a third called Keeks said: “I know my little girl will enjoy seeing a real-life princess on CBeebies.”
Another, called Angela, pointed out that the feature aligns with Kate’s longstanding commitment to the impact of early childhood experiences.
She said: “Perfectly aligned with her work on early years, I’m sure the children will love it”.
A sentiment echoed by Alex who added: “Love this! Catherine has been championing children’s mental health for years and chose the perfect book.”
One more added: “Children love her in person, they’ll love her doing this, too.”
Kate launched the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood in June last year, after over a decade concentrating on the issue.
It aims to “drive awareness of and action on the extraordinary impact of the early years, in order to transform society for generations to come”, according to the Royal Foundation website.
The Duchess is also the royal patron of Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity, and first launched Children’s Mental Health Week with the organisation in 2015.
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